Sunday, September 1, 2013


I made it to Mount Pleasant. The move was not without its bumps and challenges, but how can you get anywhere good without being challenged, right?

Back to sewing. Here is my new space. I am in love, it is my total zen.

The closet needs some work. You can't really tell, but my unpacking method here was to just shove.

The week I moved, Rachel's Penny Sampler Class started. It was so hard to watch the first week go by while all of my sewing stuff was packed. But I have since caught up, and I am loving this class.

The first lesson (month 1) is appliqué. Appliqué has always been one of my least favorite sewing methods. Why? Not really sure. It is tedious and too precise, and turning those tiny edges under is infuriating. So why did I sign up? You can do amazing things with appliqué and I am determined to like it. 

Luckily for me, I have learned some methods that I definitely like. Sew and turn, plus sketch stitch, makes appliqué completely doable for me. It allows room for error which I totally need. 

My color palette is of the plum/teal/navy/neutral persuasion. Kind of similar to Rachel's original, but I have been waiting a long time to find the perfect quilt to use this collection of fabric. This quilt is just for me, so I am going to use my favorite colors. Plus, they say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, right?

I know we are supposed to be terribly original here in blog land, and there is so much controversy when it comes to copying/inspiration. However, I am not claiming any originality in this quilt nor am I going to use any piece of it to make any money. It is part of a class to create replicas of the original, so I am giving myself a break on the need to be impeccably unique. 

So now its on to some more sewing, getting settled, and finding my groove all over again. 


  1. Welcome home! Your blocks are so cute. I like all the little houses together ; ) Your room looks very full of light . How wonderful!

  2. Welcome to Mount Pleasant. We are happy to have you here! Hope to meet you soon.

  3. Your blocks look great. I am doing the class too but was stuck on the village block. I couldn't decide on a background colour but your block has inspired me. Thanks. I hope you don't mind.

  4. What a gorgeous color palette! I'm drawn to your single heart block - simple, pure color and that fabric. I will ALWAYS love that fabric. I'm so glad to hear that the sew & turn/sketch stitch combo is winning you over to applique. That's my favorite combo too. Without having to turn under edges by hand, sew & turn almost doesn't feel like applique!

  5. I love your progress so far and am so glad your move is done! Moving is such a headache...I love your new space though, what a great design wall!! I want one.

    I'm still behind in the class (due to when our baby came) and am mostly having trouble deciding what colors and fabrics to use, I might just start with something and go from there...Hopefully I'll be able to catch up soon too! I'm determined to like applique too!


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